Top hotels in Barcelona
Just a short walk from Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, the 4-star Ilunion Bel-Art is a contemporary hotel that sits in the tranquil area of Horta-Guinardo. Combining striking shades of black and white with bold touches of colour, the hotel’s bar and restaurant make a dramatic first impression. The Ilunion Bel-Art’s rooms all have free wifi access and bottled water, as well as attractive wooden flooring, private bathrooms with showers and flat-screen TVs.
This modern 4-star hotel is convenient for exploring Barcelona’s old city. The area’s historic buildings, narrow streets and striking squares will be on your doorstep, while the famous La Rambla mall can also be reached in no time. Cosy and modern, the hotel is suitable for both leisure and business guests, with a complimentary on-site gym, plus an internet corner. The wifi is free in the rooms too, which also feature flat-screen TVs and complimentary bottled water.
The modern 3-star Ilunion Auditori sits among the beautiful, modern area of L’Eixample, close to the fantastic shopping of Avinguda Diagonal. Awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, the hotel has a gym stocked with TechnoGym equipment, a restaurant that specialises in seasonal cuisine and a rooftop pool and terrace, which is a perfect place to relax. Rooms at the Ilunion Auditori have a private bathroom with shower, satellite TV and free wifi.
This modern, 4-star hotel is situated in Barcelona’s seaside neighbourhood of Sant Marti, just a short walk from Bogatell Beach and only a few metro stops from the city centre. The hotel’s stylish interior features a bar, a gym, a restaurant and free wifi, in addition to a rooftop pool and sun terrace. The air-conditioned rooms include flat-screen TVs, minibars, and private bathrooms.
The 4-star Hotel Ronda Lesseps is situated in the north of Barcelona, providing tourists with an ideal base to explore the city. Find Gaudí’s Park Güell and Gracia Quarter within short walking distance of the hotel. You can reach the city centre in 10 minutes by bus or Metro. A self-service buffet breakfast is provided each morning and The Coffee Shop serves refreshments and light snacks right through the day. Wi-fi is available throughout the hotel. Guestrooms are spacious and equipped with air conditioning, cable TV and a safe.
The stylish, 4-star Ilunion Almirante is found close to the Gothic Quarter and Barcelona’s fashionable Born district. It’s a short walk from the famous Las Ramblas and Barcelona Cathedral. The hotel has a fitness centre and bar, and the 24-hour reception offers car hire so you can explore the surrounding area. Smart rooms come with air-conditioning, a pillow menu, and free wifi.
This modern 4-star hotel sits in the north-east corner just a short walk from the Sagrada Familia and Gaudí's Park Güell, this hotel is perfect for exploring the cultural side of Barcelona. The cosy rooms include free wifi and flat-screen TVs, and you can fill-up on a buffet breakfast at the onsite restaurant.
A distinctive circular-building that stands among the modern skyscrapers of Sant Marti, the 4-star contemporary Hotel Barcelona Condal Mar is just a short walk from the Mar Bella beach, Diagonal Mar Shopping Centre and Barcelona Congress Centre (CCIB). There are several cool places to enjoy a drink on-site, including a seasonally open poolside bar on the roof. Stylishly designed, each room at the Hotel Barcelona Condal Mar has modern furniture and free wifi, as well as a flat-screen TV and private bathroom with tub and shower. Located at few minutes walking from Maresme Forum Metro Station and just 2 minutes from bus stop H14 with direct line to the city center.
Located in Eixample close to Passeig de Gracia, La Pedrera and Plaça Catalunya. The hotel has a seasonal outodoor pool, a sun terrace and a fitness centrerooms feature modern comforts such as flat-screen TVs with cable channels, free WiFi and MP3 docking stations.
A short walk from the Arc de Triomf Metro Station, you’ll find this smart and modern 3-star hotel, near Parc de l’Estacio del Nord., 15 minutes walk of Bogatell Beach and Mar Bella Beach. There’s a bar, and a restaurant serving meals during breakfast and lunchtime, and you can take advantage of the rooftop swimming pool and surrounding sun loungers, or work out in the well-equipped gym.
Cheap Hotels in Barcelona
This simple hostel is set in Barrio Gotico. The premises count with 31 welcoming units. No pets are allowed on the premises.
This family-run guest house is 500 metres from Barcelona’s Fira Exhibition Centre at Plaza España. It offers heated rooms with free Wi-Fi, 200 metres from Poble Sec Metro Station. Spacious rooms at Hostal Elkano feature functional décor and a TV. Bathrooms are shared or private. You will find numerous bars, restaurants and shops within 5 minutes’ walk. Sant Antoni Market is 500 metres away and the Arenas Shopping Centre, a former bullring, is 10 minutes’ walk away. Elkano’s 24-hour reception offers tourist information. Montjuic Park, with the Olympic Stadium, its museums and outdoor swimming pools, is 10 minutes’ walk away. The property is 10 minutes’ walk from the ferry port. Las Ramblas is 3 metro stops away and chic Passeig de Gracias, 5 stops away. You can catch a direct bus to Barcelona El Prat Airport from Plaza España.
Hostal Radio is in central Barcelona, just 3 minutes’ walk from the MACBA and CCCB Modern Art Museums. It offers a 24-hour reception and colourful rooms with a flat-screen TV. The rooms at the Radio feature heating and a ceiling fan. Each one has a private bathroom. Guests at Hostal Radio are welcome to enjoy a free walking tour service, available on request. Hostal Radio offers coffee, capuccino, chocolate and cold drinks for sale at their waiting room. There are numerous bars, restaurants and shops within 2 minutes’ walk and both Universitat square and Catalunya square are just 5 minutes away. Airport buses leave from Plaza Catalunya and paid parking near the hotel is offered to our guests.
This stylish guest house is located in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, 5 minutes’ walk from the Cathedral. The Hostal Nitzs Bcn’s modern rooms include free Wi-Fi, bed linen and towels. Hostal Nitzs Bcn is surrounded by a range of bars and restaurants. Jaume I Metro Station is just 4 minutes’ walk away, while the Ramblas are 5 minutes away. The Nitzs Bcn has an air-conditioned social lounge with an LCD TV. Guests also have free access to a kitchen and dining room, with a microwave and fridge. There is a Nespresso machine.
This unpretentious hotel is located in Paseo Marítimo / Playa. There are a total of 16 bedrooms at Hostal Baires. In addition, Wi-Fi access is offered at the establishment's common spaces. Those who dislike animals may enjoy their stay, as this hotel does not allow pets.
This guest house is 100 metres from Liceu Metro Station and Barcelona’s famous Ramblas. Hostal Europa offers basic rooms in a central location, and has free Wi-Fi in public areas. Most rooms at the Europa have shared bathroom facilities. Rooms with a private ensuite bathroom are available. Barcelona’s main tourist attractions are within a short walk. The Boqueria Market is 200 metres from the Europa, and Barcelona Cathedral and Plaza Catalunya are a 5-minute walk away. The Hostal Europa has a 24-hour front desk, and you can hire a car or bicycle at the tour desk. A continental breakfast is served at a neighbouring restaurant.
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Hotels in Barcelona
Barcelona’s wealth of arts, culture, and magical architecture leave a lasting impression on all who visit there. Make the most of our Barcelona deals and discover all that Spain's second largest city has to offer.
Perhaps the most distinctive features of the city are its unique buildings, designed in the modernist style by some of the leading architects of their time. The most famous of these are the works of Antoni Gaudí, with his passion for bright, pastille coloured structures that resemble the stuff of fairy tales. Palau Güell, Casa Milà (La Pedrera), Casa Vicens, and Casa Batlló are all fine examples of his work, however, it’s Park Güell and the Sagrada Família that make the biggest impression on visitors.
Park Güell was originally intended to be a housing development with attached gardens but when this idea was abandoned it was opened as a public garden instead. From the gingerbread-like houses to the harlequin-tiled salamander that sits at the entrance, the park conjures a wonderfully surreal atmosphere. The main terrace forms the heart of the park, with its winding, tiled bench in the shape of a sea serpent from which you can enjoy panoramic views across the city.
Gaudi’s most famous design is his unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Família - an awe-inspiring Cathedral consisting of a series of towers ascending towards the heavens. The base of the building is decorated with detailed stone sculptures and contains the crypt where Gaudi is buried. Begun in 1882, construction of the Sagrada Família is estimated to reach completion by 2026, however, you can still visit most parts of this impressive attraction as work continues.
There are also fine examples of Gothic architecture in the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) of the old city, one of the best places to stay in Barcelona for lovers of history, where many of the buildings date to medieval and Roman times. Barcelona Cathedral, which took over six hundred years to build, has an impressive Gothic façade and allows fantastic views over the city.
Barcelona Beach Hotels
Those attracted by the Mediterranean’s gentle climate will love the city’s beaches. Barcelona Beach was recently voted number one in a top ten city beaches list with Barcelona also voted one of the world's best beach cities by the National Geographic.
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Museums and Galleries
The arts form an essential part of Barcelona’s identity, with many influential artists having been born or spent time here during their most creative periods. Pablo Picasso lived in the city for a while and the Museu Picasso displays much of his work from this time, including paintings, sketches, and ceramics.
Salvador Dali also looked to Barcelona for inspiration and redesigned a former theatre here into Teatre-Museu Dalí – a house for his works in which he is buried, decorated with typically surreal features such as loaves of bread and giant eggs.
MACBA - The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona has an excellent collection of Spanish and Catalan art from the last few decades and is a must-see for art fans.
The Centre d'Art Santa Mònica is a public museum of contemporary art (incorporating photography and multimedia installations) which also hosts regular exhibitions.
Barcelona’s amazing weather has seen it chosen for our Where’s hot in July guide Find out the average temperatures and some tips on places to go, including the Marina and cultural film screenings.
Music and Theatre
The city is also home to a number of venues for live music and theatre, such as the Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house and the Palau de la Música Catalana concert hall with its beautifully ornate interior (guided tours are available). The Teatre Principal is the oldest theatre in the city and features operas, plays and musicals - from Cinderella to Broadway hits - usually performed in Catalan.
Food in Barcelona City Centre
Barcelona’s cuisine is as stylish and fulfilling as the rest of its culture, with everything from tasty snacks to the heartiest meals to tempt your appetite in the city centre.
Pinxtos are one of the city’s signature dishes, consisting of delightfully bite-sized, savoury nibbles served on a piece of bread. This snack is a favourite in bars and the bill is usually calculated by how many toothpicks you have left on your plate at the end of the night. One of the best places to eat pinxtos is Irati, near the Boqueria Market on La Rambla where you can try over eighty varieties, from potato omelette to honey, apple and cheese.
The more widely known tapas variety of snack can also be found in many bars and restaurants. Try Los Toreros, off La Rambla, for a tapas restaurant that’s popular with the locals and serves authentic patatas bravas and other spicy treats.
7 Portes is one of the best restaurants to try paella in the city, an institution that has been feeding locals for over a hundred years.
If you want to try a bit of everything, head down to La Boqueria, Barcelona’s large food market, which is an attraction in itself. From fresh bread, to olives, seafood and fish, there’s lots of quality produce to sample here.
One of the most famous streets in Barcelona, and even in Spain, is La Rambla, a pedestrianised, tree-lined walkway lined with stalls, street performers, painters and much more. There is an abundance of Barcelona accommodation in this area with our hotels including:
For souvenirs, WaWas on Carrer dels Carders is a great place to buy stylish t-shirts, mugs, bags etc. with a Barcelona theme, while La típica Candela is a shop that sells candles with distinct Spanish aromas, such as bread and tomato or Spanish omlette!
The first Camper shoes store opened in Barcelona and you can still buy the world famous, stylish but comfy, footwear here.
For more independent and vintage designs, head to the streets around Raval (near to Carrer Hospital) for lots of interesting little places, such as comic book, music and tattoo shops.
There are two large department stores in the centre of the city, El Corte Inglés and Fnac, which stock most other items, from Levi jeans to the latest Sony electronics etc.
Barcelona has a busy and varied nightlife, with one of the most popular nightclubs being Razzmatazz, an eclectic venue that plays a mixture of rock, techno, pop, and R&B and attracts artists such as Missy Elliot and The Kaiser Chiefs.
For hard-edged rock and roll, The Magic Club plays rock and metal by the likes of Iggy Pop and The Ramones and attracts a tattoos and leather crowd.
Born is a good district for all-round partying and one of the best places to stay in Barcelona. With many popular bars here including La Fianna (with its stylish Moroccan décor) and La Luna (a converted stables that serves great tapas and cocktails) it's an ideal location.
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